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We are delighted to announce that our charity has recently received the Duke of York Award. The Duke of York's Community Initiative recognises excellence and is presented annually to charities throughout Yorkshire and Humberside which are making a real difference to the communities they serve.
Opportunities to help people living with dementia
15-21 May marks Dementia Awareness Week, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative, aimed at raising awareness about this which disease which is estimated to affect 850,000 people in the UK.
Within the Harrogate District there are many opportunities to get involved with organisations who support and assist people and their families who are living with dementia.
Spreading the word
Raising awareness of dementia can make a real difference to people affected by the disease. The Alzheimer’s Society is looking for Dementia Friends Champions who can provide information about the personal impact of dementia and what we can all do to help. Volunteers would attend a one day training session to equip them with the knowledge to be able to run their own short information sessions for their friends, family, colleagues and community. An ideal opportunity for good communicators who are passionate about improving awareness about dementia.
Do you like a good chat? Dementia Forward are looking for Well Being Activities Helpers for their Harrogate and Ripon groups. At this regular volunteering opportunity, you would join in with activities, including games, jigsaws and nail painting, chat with people over a cup of tea and make everyone feel welcome. Volunteers also set up before the group, serve teas and coffees and clear up at the end of the session. They also require Harrogate Singing Group Volunteers for their Thursday singing group. These are ideal role for volunteers wanting to offer practical help, make new friends and give something back to their community.
Dementia can put a huge strain on the families of those affected. Carers’ Resource has a number of opportunities for people to support unpaid carers, many of whom are supporting family members with dementia.
Caring Callers are needed in both Harrogate and Ripon. Volunteers make regular telephone calls to clients, which can be a lifeline to those who are lonely or feeling isolated. Befrienders are also needed to support carers either in the home or out and about. These roles would suit people who are patient and have a good listening ear.
Many of these organisations hold regular fundraising activities to support the
work they do in the local community. If you are keen to get involved, or even organise your own event, Carers' Resource is currently looking for Fundraising and Event volunteers.
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Inspired by Tour de Yorkshire...
join Harrogate's Tour de Force
Cycling fever is set to hit us shortly as the Tour de Yorkshire sees some of the world’s finest cyclists take to our roads on Friday 29th April. En route from Beverley to Settle, they will hurtle through historic Knaresborough, taking in the beautiful sights of Ripley and Pateley Bridge along the way.
Whilst we can’t all be world class cyclists there are lots of opportunities to become involved in sporting and community events being held across the District this summer.
Even if you are short on time or unable to make a regular commitment, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved. Our ‘Teaspoons of Time’ page provides an overview of one-off volunteering roles locally.
Cycling enthusiasts can get a piece of the action by volunteering at the Big Bike Ride on Saturday 21st May. Organised by Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire, this bike ride starts in Grange Park, Wetherby. As an Event Marshal you will play a key role in motivating riders and ensuring the event runs smoothly. Food Co-ordinators will be stationed along the route keeping the cyclists well hydrated and Registration Co-ordinators will help at the start and finish point. An ideal opportunity for volunteers with a passion for cycling and the great outdoors.
If you are flexible and like using your own initiative, Saint Michael’s Hospice have a number of ad hoc opportunities as Event Supporters at their well-established community events, including at their vibrant ‘Colour Rush’ 5k fun run on Sunday 19th June 2016.
There’s also the chance to become involved as a Race for Life Volunteer at this year’s race being held at Ripley Castle on Sunday 10th July. Volunteers are required over that weekend in a variety of roles from handing out water and medals at the finish line to helping manage the course and marshal. This opportunity is ideal for volunteers of all ages and abilities and full training will be given.
For those of you interested in heritage, there is a fantastic opportunity to volunteer at Ripon Cathedral Revealed from Thursday 28th April until Monday 2nd May. Festival Volunteers can choose from a number of roles, including setting up, welcoming and directing visitors, washing up, serving food and beer and clearing up after the event. Volunteering slots are normally up to three hours at a time.